George Washington Papers

From George Washington to George Clinton, 14 November 1780

To George Clinton

⟨Head Quarters Passaic Falls 14th Novemr 1780⟩

Dear Sir

Since my letter, ⟨of the 5th, on the subject⟩ of the number of Men necessary ⟨to compleat the⟩ Quota of your State,1 I have recollected2 ⟨a matter⟩ in the composition of Colo. Lambs Regt ⟨which I⟩ wish had been attended to at that time—⟨Two inde⟩pendent Companies of Pennsylvania, consisting ⟨at⟩ present of only 39 Men, have been for some time past annexed to that Regiment, and are includ⟨ed⟩ in the number of 304 of which the Regt, as it ⟨now⟩ stands, consists. They have been always returned as part of the Quota of Pennsylvania—have been adopted and supplied by that State. They would have been heretofore annexed to Colo. Proctors Regt but for some difference between the Officers on account of Rank. There is a necessity for doing it now, as Lambs Regiment has two Companies more than the establishment allows, and procters wants two to compleat it.3 The inclosed, which is the Copy of a letter from General Knox on the subject, is more full, and to which I would beg Your Excellency’s reference.4

From the above state, your Excellency ⟨will perceive the necessity of your making an addition of 39 Men⟩ to Your assessment, ⟨as Colo. Lambs Regi⟩ment will be lessened, so many, ⟨by withdra⟩wing the Companies beforementioned.

I have received Your Excellency’s favors of the 5th and 8th: By hearing nothing further from the Northward, I am in hopes the advance of the Enemy has been checked.5 I have the honor to be with very great Regard Your Excellency’s most obt and humble Servt

Go: Washington

LS (partially burned), in Tench Tilghman’s writing, N-Ar: Clinton Papers; Df, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. Burned portions of the LS are supplied in angle brackets from the draft, which also is in the writing of GW’s aide-de-camp Tench Tilghman.

2Tilghman initially wrote “discovered” on the draft. He then struck out that word and wrote “recollected” above the line.

3For the new arrangement of the Continental army, see General Orders, 1 November.

5Reports of a new British advance into the New York frontier had proven erroneous (see Clinton to GW, 5 Nov., n.2; see also William Malcom to GW, 7 Nov., and Clinton to GW, 8 Nov.)

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